Every business in Kinta closed after recent flood; resources miles away

Kinta businesses closed following recent floods

KINTA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Every business in the small town of Kinta has shut their doors because of the floods two weeks ago.

The downtown street of Kinta looks like a ghost town.

Every building is closed; some for good.

"It has made a big change," resident Rhonda Simons said.

Simons sat in the parking lot of the closed post office, hoping to see an open sign among all of the closed signs.

"It's been closed since the flood," Simons said. "We've been having to get our mail in Quinton."

Which is seven miles away.

"If we need to mail a letter, or even get gas, or anything we have to go there or Whitefield or Stigler," Simons said. Whitefield is ten miles away, Stigler is 16 miles away.

There are eleven businesses throughout downtown. The sheriff's office says EZ Mart is the only store expected to rebuild, at least for now.

To Simons, one is better than none.

"It is kinda a hassle," Simons said. "We can't just wait until the last minute to get it. We have to make sure we've got gas or what we need at the house when we go."

Dumpsters sit in almost every parking lot filled with what was left of the towns convenience store, dinner stop, and gas station.

"It is going to hurt the economy in Kinta, not only in Kinta but the entire county," building owner Billy Cleveland said.

Cleveland owns the building where the post office is in, but the only thing left that resembles a post office is a letter on the ground left behind.

"The water had been four-feet-deep inside the building," Cleveland said. "It ruined almost everything inside the building."

There's no telling when EZ Mart or the post office will open, or when the next dollar when coming through Kinta.

"There was about a $5,000 a month tax base revenue coming in and at this point, that revenue has stopped," Sheriff Tim Turner said. "We are seeing a town that has always been able to support themselves, that is now at a point where the support is almost gone."

Kinta may be damaged, but the people living there say the won't let this town dry up.

"It is not going to be easy but I can do it," Cleveland said.

FEMA has been in Kinta looking at the damage.

Sheriff Turner says they are looking at about a million dollars worth of damage.

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